Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.

Spa  -  a term used for health and wellness facilities using water

The European term ‘spa’ is named after the Belgian town and was popular in Roman times, in the 7th century, for its mineral springs. In the 18th and 19th century, Spa was known for it´s water treatments in Europe. In American English, the term spa is used for spa towns in general. Worldwide it is a general term to describe health and wellness facilities, especially the bath or wet areas in hotels.

Research into the origin of the word ‘spa’ quite often lead to the idea that it originates from Latin as a short form for ‘sanus per aquam’, meaning healthy through water. Even if this idea can be seen as controversial, it does seem to make sense. It is common knowledge within the modern spa and wellness business that ancient Rome had an important bath culture and that water has significant soothing powers.

Nowadays, the term spa is used in a variety of ways. In English, spa stands for healing baths and is often added to town names, similar to the German use of ‘Bad’. Spa areas in hotels signify wellness and health facilities like pools, saunas and exercise areas as well as rooms for massages and beauty treatments. In spa hotels these areas are particularly developed and important for the hotels. Day spas, in comparison, are for day guests to enjoy beauty treatments and massages as well as saunas and water areas


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